Edinburgh’s Christmas and Hogmanay

Something exceptional is happening in Edinburgh and the whole events industry is on trial. Edinburgh’s Christmas and Hogmanay events have put the industry under the spotlight, and the light has reached some very dark places. There is an old tradition in Scotland called first footing. My dad was the perfect “first footer”, tall, dark and […]

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Flight shaming in the events industry

A throw-away trend or something that will shape our events, how should we view flight shaming in the events industry? In December 2019 I travelled to Madrid to attend the Sustainable Innovation Summit, an official side event at the COP 25UN Climate Change Conference. I was very keen to find out what sustainability professionals thought […]

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How sustainable was COP 25 Madrid

The UN Climate Conference took place in Madrid in Dec 2019. I decided to travel down from Barcelona to find out how sustainable was COP 25?     It is no surprise that yet again, we have another climate gathering that we can list as a missed opportunity. There never seems to be enough of an […]

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how to run a sustainable event

Sustainability at events is more than reducing paper and plastics

In April I spoke in Gothenburg at the Association World Congress. The subject was social justice issue and specifically sustainable events. My subject: Sustainability at events, is more than reducing plastics and paper use. Gothenburg was the perfect city to speak about sustainable events. For three years in a row from 2016 to 2018, the […]

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Homeless Hackathon Glasgow

What is a hackathon?

In April we will run a “Homeless Hackathon” in Glasgow. We were stirred into action by a front page article and investigation by a Scottish newspaper, which stated that “one person dies on the streets every week in Glasgow”. Yes, that’s Glasgow, in Scotland, one of the richest countries in the world. As an event […]

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